‘La 92’ Is A Harrowing, Incendiary Epic Of The 1992 Los Angeles Riots [Tribeca Review]
As heartrending as it is heart-racing, “La 92” will make an uneasy fit when it gets broadcast on National Geographic alongside episodes of “Monster Fish” and “Locked Up Abroad.” Receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s unnerving documentary is one of several retrospectives coming out this year on the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
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- Chris Barsanti
Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ Series Is A Hilarious, Provocative Improvement On The Excellent Movie [Review]
With a title meant to inspire, intrigue, and ire, the latest Netflix series “Dear White People” wastes no time in challenging and charming audiences. But it might not always manage both. The moment its trailer hit, online outrage came fast and oblivious from those who threatened to boycott the streaming subscription service, accusing the unseen show of “reverse racism.” Apparently, they’d never heard of creator Justin Simien‘s 2014 film of the same name, which earned rousing critical praise and became the jumping off point for this scathingly hilarious comedy series.
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- Kristy Puchko
Netflix’s ‘Legend of the Monkey’ Whitewashing Sparks Petition to Boycott Series
“Iron Fist.” “Death Note.” Now you can add “Legend of the Monkey” to that list of Netflix projects that are feeling the heat from Asians who are crying whitewashing.
“Legend of the Monkey” is an Australian-New Zealand co-production based on the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West” and attributed to Wu Cheng’en. It tells of the pilgrimage of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang to obtain sacred texts, aided by three disciples from folklore: Sun Wukong the Monkey King, Zhu Bajie also known as Pigsy, and Sha Wujing, aka Sandy. The tale has been told many times on screen before under various names. Japan had a TV adaptation called “Monkey Magic,” and Stephen Chow released a “Journey to the West” film in 2013 with a sequel in 2017.
Read More: ‘Death Note’ Producer Responds to Whitewashing Claims, Says It’s ‘Somewhat Offensive’ to New Netflix Movie
In Netflix’s new 10-part series, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Tribeca 2017: Drew Xanthopoulos on The Sensitives
There’s a certain feeling of disappointment when you knowingly choose to keep your cell phone, doubling as your alarm clock, near your face when settling in for an evening’s sleep. Having been warned of radiofrequency waves’ ability to cause cancer, keeping an electronic device that close to your brain for hours on end is not, we’re told, a wise decision to make. There are so many electric and synthetic materials in today’s everyday devices that to avoid them all would be to effectively remove yourself from modern society. You accept the potentially harmful results in order to live and work […] »
- Erik Luers
Exclusive Clip: Cannes 2016 Tragicomedy ‘One Week And A Day’
It’s the last weekend before blockbuster (and blockbuster counter-programming) season, and it’s traditionally one of the quieter ones of the year for new releases. So if you’re looking for something to see in theaters, you could do a lot worse than Israeli comedy-drama “One Week And A Day.”
Read More: 2017 Summer Movie Preview: Blockbusters And Beyond
After premiering at Cannes last year to strong notices, the film opens today, and we’re delighted to say we have an exclusive clip courtesy of Oscilloscope, so you can see the film’s pleasures for yourself.
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- The Playlist
‘Catastrophe’ Review: Season 3 is the Perfect Comedy For Adults — Parents or Not
Cat out of the bag: I’m not a parent, and that means two things when it comes to reviewing a show about parenthood. First, I don’t know what it’s like to have or raise a child, rendering my opinions on practicing parents utterly moot. But it also means buying into the idyllic qualities commonly associated with being a Parent (capital “p” intended) is difficult. It’s hard to believe the pain of childbirth is worth it the second you see your newborn’s face, or that you won’t sometimes miss the responsibility-free lifestyle you once had, or that you’ll happily do anything — anything — for your family.
Perhaps that’s why “Catastrophe” is the perfect comedy for both groups: parents and non-parents. Or dreamers and realists; the pure of heart and the skeptics. However you want to group people, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s Amazon series feels constantly authentic, »
- Ben Travers
Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot
“Gong Show” fans (there have to be some of you, right?), your day has come. The Hollywood Reporter has just announced that Mike Myers is “believed to be” the host of of ABC’s upcoming reboot of the game show, which aired 501 episodes between 1976–89. There’s a twist to Myers’ duties, however: He’s being named in promotional materials as “Tommy Maitland,” suggesting the “Austin Powers” star will be in character while hosting the show.
Chuck Barris originally hosted “The Gong Show,” serving in that capacity from the series’ beginning until 1980. This new iteration will feature a rotating panel of celebrity guests who will judge contestants’ talents, including Will Arnett (who’s also producing), Jack Black, Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie and Andy Samberg.
- Michael Nordine
Watch The First Nsfw Trailer For Philippe Garrel’s Cannes-Bound ‘Lover For A Day’
Good news, everyone: Philippe Garrel has made another film! The French New Wave veteran isn’t as well-known among the public as a Godard or a Truffaut (he’s a fair bit younger — he was just 16 when he made his first short film, “Les enfants désaccordés,” in 1964), but among a certain kind of cinephile, he’s a hallowed name, either for his experimental early work (which included his collaborations with then-lover Nico in the 1970s), or for his more recent meditations on love, family and politics, often in collaboration with his son, actor Louis Garrel.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
Behind The Graduate‘s “Leg Shot”: Daniel Raim on Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
Two unsung heroes of the American film industry get their due in Daniel Raim’s extraordinary documentary Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story. Most filmgoers – even the most informed ones – have probably never heard of Harold and Lillian Michelson, but the history of movies was forever changed by their contributions to classics like The Ten Commandments, The Graduate, The Apartment, West Side Story, and DePalma’s Scarface. Harold was a storyboard artist and Lillian ran a massive Hollywood research library; separately or together, they were essential resources for directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Coppola, Danny DeVito, and Stanley Kubrick. They […] »
- Jim Hemphill
Canceled or Renewed?: Take the Quiz to Find Out Whether Your Favorite Show Will Survive
For shows on the bubble, survival comes down to one thing: Money.
If you’re generating solid revenue for the network, then other concerns can be addressed down the road. But if your ratings are low (honestly, that’s almost every show these days), your creative is weak and executive support is wavering… then you better at least be owned by the network and bringing in nice international or streaming dollars.
“Every show is its own little business,” said one network scheduling executive. “You look at each and its profit or loss at the end of the year.”
Added a rival network exec: “The strategy is, how can we make the most money from all of our assets? [Renewal] discussions these days are very different.”
Read More: Ten Ways to Figure Out Which TV Shows Will Be Renewed or Canceled
With so much more data to parse, some networks (especially ABC »
- Michael Schneider
‘Dear White People’: Why the ‘Scandal’ Parody Isn’t Just Fun, But an Essential Part of the Show
“Dear White People” creator Justin Simien wants to be clear about this: When IndieWire brought up “Defamation,” “Dear White People’s” fictional show-within-a-show, we were the ones who made the obvious comparison.
“I didn’t say ‘Scandal,'” he said, laughing. “You said that.”
But between the “black political fixer in love with the President” narrative, the fabulous coats, and the distinctive camera-shutter sound effects, it’s pretty obvious what “Dear White People” is referencing with “‘Defamation’ Nights,” a staple of black culture at Winchester University, which finds itself rocked by racial politics over the course of the first season.
Starting in the first episode, group-watching the primetime soap adventures of “Olive Bishop” are clearly a regular part of the lives of Sam (Logan Browning) and her fellow students, as well as a »
- Liz Shannon Miller
New Teaser For The Return Of ‘Twin Peaks’ Reintroduces You To The Show’s World [Watch]
We’re now only three weeks away from the return of “Twin Peaks” to our screens, with the first of 18 episodes directed by David Lynch arriving on Showtime after the first few premiere at Cannes in the early days of the festival. But it’s remarkable, given how keenly anticipated the show is, how much the show remains under wraps.
Read More: The 30 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2017
Expect that to change, even just a little, as it gets closer, and to kick off, Showtime just dropped a new teaser.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast
“American Gods” might be one of the most exciting series launching this spring. Adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s novel, the supernatural drama leans way into the weird for a highly imaginative tale about Shadow (Ricky Whittle), a former convict who finds himself drawn into a strange world of old gods and new by Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane).
Whittle and McShane are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cast accumulated for this show, representing some of today’s greatest talents — and Gaiman himself will not hesitate to sing their praises. In fact, when IndieWire got the chance to speak to the lauded author via phone, we took the opportunity to find out exactly what he thinks of his equally lauded cast.
For the record, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Is a Touching But Superficial Documentary Tribute to a Great Actor Gone Too Soon
Don’t be fooled by the title. While it’s true that “I Am Heath Ledger” is peppered with home video footage shot by its dearly departed namesake, this somewhat hagiographic documentary isn’t a first-person account, it’s not a direct address from beyond the grave. Brought to you by the same guy who has previously claimed to be Chris Farley, Bruce Lee, and a handful of other Hollywood legends who died at the height of their fame, director Derik Murray is no more Heath Ledger than he was any of those other iconoclasts, but — nauseatingly presumptuous title aside — the newest installment of his non-fiction franchise is a tender, worthwhile remembrance for an irrepressible star whose light continues to shine upon the people he left behind.
- David Ehrlich
Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy & Pierce Brosnan To Star In True-Life Prison Escape Movie ‘H-Block’
Irish director Jim Sheridan is a six-time Oscar nominee for his work on acclaimed films like “My Left Foot,” “In The Name Of The Father” and “In America,” but his career has had ups and downs more recently — he was the decidedly odd choice to make 50 Cent biopic “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’”; “Brothers” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire failed to take off; horror-thriller “Dream House” had a troubled production and died at the box office; and Rooney Mara vehicle “The Secret Scripture” got tepid reviews at Tiff.
- Oliver Lyttelton
‘PACmen’ Clip: Remember That Time Ben Carson Couldn’t Say Words in New Hot Docs Feature — Watch
Maybe no one is getting too sentimental about Ben Carson’s presence in the public eye, but it’s easy to understand why people might miss the levity his frequent slip-ups allowed. Luke Walker’s documentary, “PACmen,” seeks to remind us of what has turned out to be, bizarrely enough, a much simpler political time.
The film, which will run as part of Hot Docs, follows the super Pac behind Carson’s run for the Republican nomination. (Again, simpler times.) The filmmakers had complete access to the people on Carson’s team, following his stunning rise and fall.
In our exclusive clip, Carson’s infamous hummus/Hamas flub sends the men behind the super Pac into utter bewilderment in a scene that would not be out of place on an episode of “Veep.”
- Allison Picurro
Daniel Day-Lewis and Michael Fassbender: Why They Hold the Highest Metacritic Actor Scores
Nobody picks movies like Daniel Day-Lewis. The three-time Oscar winner has never acted in a film earning a negative aggregate score on Metacritic, giving him an average individual score of 73, higher than any other actor today. Day-Lewis’s highest rated films on the site are “There Will Be Blood” (92) and “Lincoln” (86). Second on the list of highest average scores is Michael Fassbender, at 69, and John C. Reilly, at 66.
How are these scores calculated? A recent study by Vox analyzed Metacritic data to rate actors based on the reviews of their films. (Metacritic scores films from 0-100, with higher scores indicating better overall reviews. To earn a “generally favorable” rating, films must have an average score of 61 or greater, while “universal acclaim” requires a score of 81 or higher).
Vox noted that the method it used for its study is far from a perfect science, »
- Graham Winfrey
Watch: First Trailer For Acclaimed Sundance Award-Winner ‘Gook’
It’s apparently L.A. Riots day — tonight sees the debut of John Ridley’s “Let It Fall,” a documentary pegged to the 25th anniversary of the uprising (which kicked off with the acquittal of the officers caught on video beating Rodney King on April 29th, 1992), on ABC after a brief theatrical run. And the riots will also be captured later in the year with Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Kings” with Daniel Craig and Halle Berry.
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- Oliver Lyttelton
‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ Review: Bisexual Subtext is the Documentary’s Most Powerful Reveal — Tribeca Review
They say Whitney Houston had the voice of an angel. A cousin of Dionne Warwick, she grew up singing in her church choir. She was beautiful, with a smile that could light up a room. Which is why, when she died in 2012, this monumental diva’s fall struck a chord with the entire world. Like so many legends before her, she died of a drug overdose that was a long time coming. Houston had been using for years, but what drove her over the edge remained a mystery to most of the world — until now.
Through interviews with friends and employees (most of her friends were employees), “Whitney: Can I Be Me” filmmakers Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal take a strong stand, connecting the dots between a number of pivotal moments in Houston’s life that led to her heartbreaking decline. Namely: Her controlling parents, the night she was booed »
- Jude Dry
‘Hounds of Love’ Trailer: Twisted Australian Kidnapping Thriller Inspired by True Events Will Leave You Reeling — Watch
The ickiness is obvious from the earliest moments of the newest trailer for Ben Young’s “Hounds of Love,” a twisted kidnapping thriller that’s been picking up major steam on the festival circuit as of late. Young’s film stars Ashleigh Cummings as cool ’80s teen Vicki Maloney, who is seemingly randomly abducted by secret suburban serial killers John and Evelyn White (Emma Booth and Stephen Curry).
Set in Perth during the middle of a predictably steamy summer, the Whites have been waging their own private war with the city’s women, and no one seems to realize that they’ve got a pair of serial killers in their midst. Vicki, of course, is about to find out in the most horrific way possible. But there’s hope for her yet.
As the film winds on, »
- Kate Erbland
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